How to Remove Specific Character from Text Cell in Excel

This post will guide you how to remove a specific character from text cell in Excel. How do I remove certain character from a cell with a formula in Excel 2013/2016.

Assuming that you have a list of data in range B1:B5, in which contain text string values. And you want to remove a specific character if it appears in a given cell. For example, if wish to remove all hash (#) character from your range, how to do it. This post will show you two methods to remove specific character.

Method1: Remove Specific Character Using Find and Replace function

Step1: select one range where you want to remove certain character. Such as: B1:B5.

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Step2: go to Home Tab, and click on the Find & Select command under Editing group. And choose Replace from the context menu. And the Find and Replace dialog will open.

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Step3: Type “#” into the Find What text box, and keep the Replace with text box as blank.

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Step4: click on Replace All button. And a prompt dialog will tell you that how many characters are replaced in your selected range of cells. Click Close button to close the Find and Replace dialog box.

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Method2: emove Specific Character Using Formula

You can also use an Excel formula based on the SUBSTITUTE function and the CHAR function to accomplish the same result of removing specific character. Like this:


Type this formula into a blank cell and press Enter key on your keyboard, and then drag the AutoFill Handle down to other cells to apply this formula.

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You would see that this formula can be used to remove all hash characters from a cell.

Related Functions

  • Excel Substitute function
    The Excel SUBSTITUTE function replaces a new text string for an old text string in a text string.The syntax of the SUBSTITUTE function is as below:= SUBSTITUTE  (text, old_text, new_text,[instance_num])….
  • Excel CHAR function
    The Excel CHAR function returns the character specified by a number (ASCII Value). The syntax of the CHAR function is as below: =CHAR(number)….


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